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TAHITI PETREL (Pseudobulweria rostrata)
Biodiversity > Birds > Rare visitors and vagrants

Tahiti petrel

A petrel of the tropical Pacific, breeding on many small remote island groups such as Marquesas, Tahiti, New Caledonia. Ranges across the pacific when not breeding. 

First recorded on Lord Howe Island 25 November 1989 when resident Norm Simpson informed Ian Hutton of a strange bird sitting on the airstrip. A photograph was taken of the bird and sent to Lindsay Smith for verification as a Tahiti petrel. Only two other records off Lord Howe Island - on 23rd March 2008 by members of Birdweek Lord Howe Island tour on board MV Noctiluca between Lord Howe Island and Ball's Pyramid. On 18 February 2012 by Hutton and Shick on pelagic cruise to North of LHI.

Size: 39cm; wingspan 84cm. Body uniform brown, with white breast, belly, undertail coverts; the cutoff of white belly very prominent.

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